Cruel Paradise by J.T. Geissinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
“Don’t be yourself. Be Ryan Reynolds!”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎 🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Boston
The Hero: Killian Black- He is twin brother to Liam Black who is the head of the Irish Mob in Boston. However, Killian goes by the name Liam Black. The real Liam is off somewhere married to the love of his life who is pregnant with their child.
The heroine: Juliet Moretti – daughter of at Italian Gangster, her mother was killed by a bomb meant for her father when she was young. She is determined not to make the same mistakes as her mother did. Juliet and her two friends left their dangerous fathers after graduating from boarding school and are hiding out under assumed last names. They steal from bad guys and give the proceeds to the poor.
The Love Story: Juliet and her friends steal a truckload of diapers from one of Liam Blacks legitimate businesses and give them away to a charity. This intrigues Killian and he decides he has to meet Juliet. He falls for her quickly but she wants nothing to do with a mobster like her father. She doesn’t want to end up like her mother.
Killian is a hot as heck mobster and I liked him from the beginning. He is very protective of Juliet which makes him even sexier. Their relationship is quite steamy and the book was a fun one. I especially liked the scenes between Juliet and her two best friends Fin and Max. Those three girls together are hilarious. Fin and Max bicker like a married couple, but sound like they are fun to be around. Fin is a lesbian but I would like to see Max get together with Killian’s right hand man, Declan.
I absolutely loved Killian. He is a great guy for a mafia kingpin. I didn’t read the first book (YET) but I certainly will as soon as I can. I probably would have known Killian’s secrets if I would have. But I am kind of glad I didn’t know and I can’t wait to read Liam’s story!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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